FIMM Coffee Breaks are an important venue for Doctoral Students and Postdocs to present their research projects and findings to the FIMM staff, to encourage collaborations throughout FIMM and to get much needed practice on the art of presenting. Coffee breaks are organised approximately every other week.
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The "Think Different" seminar series is organized by doctoral students at FIMM. For the series, researchers working on exciting new ideas are invited to give a talk and hopefully encourage the audience to think different.
FIMM PhD student and Postdoc Council organizes annually a FIMM-wide Poster Session. The Poster Session takes place normally in the autumn.
FIMM PhD student and Postdoc Council organizes a monthly get-together in the form of Social Fridays.
The Social Fridays are currently on a break due to the corona situation, but more information will be available later on.
FIMM PhD students and postdoctoral researchers support one another through peer mentoring
Peer mentoring not only provides opportunities for more experienced PhD students or postdocs to share their knowledge of the system, give feedback, and answer questions, but also helps to establish (professional) contacts that can provide support in different (challenging) situations. Oftentimes, level of seniority is irrelevant in peer mentoring because experiences are varied and simply sharing independent perspectives raises awareness of a diverse array of views and actions. Since peers do the mentoring, it takes away a possible factor of intimidation that can arise in a typical, hierarchical, academic environment and, importantly, provides a strong sense of community. Added value comes to the mentors who experience what it is to guide and help others.
You are welcome to contact any member of the FIMM PhD student and post doc council and/or the doctoral training coordinator in any issues where you might need peer support and help or if you just need to have a chat. The council also aims to organize trainings and workshops that can be beneficial in tackling the obstacles you might face during your PhD.